2020 Photo Challenge #34

August’s theme / technique: Colour Theory

Colour plays an important part in what we see. Our brains interpret colour far better than our cameras do. Anyone trying to photograph a red rose will know how often the photograph is very disappointing.

Successful colour photography means learning to use colour as a compositional tool – a form of visual communication – rather than just reproducing a scene that happens to be in colour.

Colour theory is not just knowing what colours are: primary, tertiary etc and how to make them, but understanding cool and warm colours, complementary (next to each other) and contrasting colours (opposites), neutral and bold colours and how colours can affect our emotions or perceptions of a scene.

      • Don’t overdo it. Too much colour or too many clashing colours can be confusing to the eye and create a chaotic scene.
      • Consider the time of day and the type of light which can affect how different colours appear.
      • If you are not happy with the colour in your image then try adjusting the saturation in post-processing. An image with lower saturation seems softer, dreamy and idealistic. An image with high saturation seems bright and exciting. Think about the feeling you want to convey with your image before deciding how much or how little saturation would best suit the scene.
      • Pay attention to the way you frame colour and use light to enhance it.
This week's assignment - Take a photo of a subject that you like in colour and then convert to Black & White. Show both images for comparison. Which is best? Does the image rely on colour for impact.

If the colours in your photograph are tonally close the image will lack impact when converted to black and white. Colour can be essential to the success of an image in this case.

West Wittering beach in colour does not have any dramatic colour contrasts, rather a bleached look which I like and I took this shot because of the lines of the groynes. I think this works in black and white as the posts are still the focus of the shot.

Which do you prefer and why?

If you would like to join in with the 2020 photo challenge then please take a look at my 2020 Photo Challenge page. No complicated rules, just a camera required 🙂

    • Create your own post with some information about how you composed the shot.
    • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
    • Add the tag #2020PhotoChallenge so everyone can find your entry easily in the WP Reader
    • Get your post(s) in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in September.

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Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

42 thoughts on “2020 Photo Challenge #34”

  1. I’ve stated many times that black & white is not my favourite, and yet it is often the b&w version that is the most striking and memorable. I may end up loving b&w after all 🙂

    1. It is more difficult to get right, I think seeing Ansel Adams photos in Yosemite and the Group f/64 photos in San Fran MOMA made me realise just how fabulous the format can be.

  2. Oh, and I forgot to say that I do like monochrome, but neither of the images I chose were suitable, as they relied on colour for their impkact. And I think I choose my monochrome images according to what I want them to say,

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